January 2016 Message
I hope the spring term is off to a productive start for each of you. I'll keep my January message rather brief as I had the opportunity to speak with you more in-depth earlier this month during convocation.
First, I want to express my thanks to all those who presented and/or assisted in putting together the recent convocation and Flex events. The image of John Aubert's encounter with the "Mentoring Zone" as described by Rod Serling (aka Rick Ramirez) is still etched in my memory. For those of you who were unable to make it to convocation this year, you can find Chancellor King's presentation on YouTube.
As mentioned during convocation, there is a great deal happening at ARC and in the LRCCD, from continual improvements and innovations impacting the college's learning environment to strategic planning across the district. Speaking of the district strategic planning process, I want to remind you that your input is needed on this plan. ARC will host an open forum Thursday, Feb. 11, 1-5 pm, in the Student Center Community Rooms. Please consider attending. There are similar forums scheduled for the other three colleges, if you can't make the ARC event. The district's strategic planning website has lots of great information on the process.
This spring will also include another major cycle of hiring. In addition to the 23 new tenure-track faculty positions, we will be seeking to add new and/or replacement a number of classified staff and administrators. One very recent addition to this list will be the position of Vice-President of Administrative Services. After almost four years of exemplary service, Ray Di Guilio, our current VP, will be retiring at the end of this summer. While we are excited for Ray as he begins his next adventure, we will certainly miss him. Our plan is to conduct a search for his replacement during the spring term.
To honor my promise to keep this message brief, I will end here by wishing you a very rewarding spring semester. Thank you for all you do on behalf of our students and the college.